Three Indian Police Service (IPS) officers of Haryana failed to pay Rs. 22.21 lakh as penal rent imposed on them by Haryana Accountant General office in its audit for their overstay in government accommodation.
Inspector General of Police Rajbir Singh Deswal, Superintendents of Police Om Parkash and Hamid Akhtar were penalised by the office.
Replying to an RTI application filed by The Indian Express, the office of the Haryana Director General of Police said that over Rs 9 lakh is yet to be recovered from Deswal and from Parkash each and over Rs 3.6 lakh from Akhtar.
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Though the Haryana DGP office did not mention the penal rent to be recovered from Additional Director General of Police R C Mishra, but mentioned that his case for retention of government accommodation for a year in Panchkula’s Sector-2 was forwarded to the state government. “The case for retention of Govt. Accommodation has been sent to Govt. from 14.02.15 to 13.08.15 and 14.08.15 to 13.02.16 vide this office memo. No. 3973/Accts-3 dated 16.03.15 and 27883/Accts-3 dated 01.12.15,” read the reply.
When contacted, Mishra said, “I have written to the government for regularisation. I have permanent charge of ADGP Home Guards and additional charge of ADGP state vigilance bureau at Gurgaon and do not occupy any accommodation in Gurgaon.”
In case of Deswal’s overstay in an official house in Panchkula after his transfer on July 2, 2015, the DGP office replied, “Vide this office memo. No. 2513/Accts-3 dated 19.02.15 a copy of standing order of this office dated 12.01.2007 along with govt. Instructions dated 06.06.03 and 18.06.12 was sent to Sh. R.S Deswal, IPS for necessary action.” Deswal, posted as Inspector General at Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban however told The Indian Express, “I have not received any official communication. I have only retained official accommodation in Panchkula and have no government house here.”
Although Akhtar was granted ex-post facto permission for retention of official accommodation in Panchkula from September 4, 2014 to November 2, 2014, but the RTI reply mentions that his case for retention of accommodation from November 4, 2014 to December 9, 2014, was sent to the state government on July 28, 2015. When reached, Akhtar now posted as SP in state vigilance bureau headquarters, replied, “We have written to the authorities. I’ll do whatever the government would decide.”
Parkash had overstayed in the government accommodation at Haryana Armed Police, Madhuban after his transfer on February 11, 2013, but is yet to pay the penal rent.
At the same time, as per information provided under the RTI Act by various Haryana district police headquarters, a total of Rs 13.66 lakh is yet to be recovered as penal rent from cops of rank Inspector and below for their overstay in government accommodation.
Those who have to pay large amount of penal rent are Inspector Janardhan (Rs 3.78 lakh) for not vacating accommodation after his transfer from Haryana Armed Police, Madhuban on February 7, 2014; Inspector Joginder Singh (Rs 1.2 lakh) for overstay in official house from April to September 2015 at Sirsa and Head Constable Sumer Singh (Rs 1.89 lakh) for overstayal at Fatehabad government house after his transfer.